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Jewelry by Chanel

Patrick Mauriès

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A glorious celebration of eighty years of Chanel jewelry from the iconic 1932 designs to 2012


Gabrielle Chanel was a creature of contrasts: there was Mademoiselle Chanel of the most sumptuous baroque, of gilded wood and brilliant lacquer, of rococo mirrors and dazzling jewelry, a playful, unrestrained Coco; but there was also Gabrielle Chanel of the tailored suit and the little black dress, of the severe cut, of the utmost restraint, of rigour, in black and white.

Out of this dialogue between ostentation and austerity, between hyperbole and understatement, the fine jewelry that she created all her life, depending on the occassion or encounter, was unparalleled in its insistence on luxury and refinement, unfettered in its themes and its imagination, and drew inspiration from tradition without ever being the slave of everyday formulas or market values.

It is this rather secret heritage that the House of Chanel has drawn on for more than a decade in search of the spirit that emerges from the vocabulary of forms and the personal mythology of its creator, presented here as a sort of dialogue that spans the years. Here is a chance to discover the wealth of a repertoire whose range and inventiveness are only now being fully appreciated.

Based on close archival research and interviews with Chanel’s colleagues and other witnesses to her life and career, this book is the first to set in relief this singular facet of a fascinating personality: her passion for fabulous jewels, for exceptional stones, for improbable marvels, that should be considered ‘with innocence, with naivety, like enjoying an apple tree in blossom along the road as we speed by in a car’.

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'Beautiful ... insiders at Chanel say it's THE book on Chanel's jewelry'
Vanity Fair

'Dazzlingly documents the constellations of stars and comets, camellias and lions Chanel wore in typically austere style'
The Scotsman

'Chanel's passion for jewels and stones led to the show-stopping designs in this fabulous photographic record'
Woman & Home

'Eighty years of jewelry designs that are, quite simply, stunning'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.5 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 8 October 2012

ISBN: 9780500516287

Contents List

The Art of Jewelry • 1932 and After • Byzantium and Baroque • Pearls • The Modern Elements • Return to Innocence

About the Author

Patrick Mauriès is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, A Cabinet of Rarities, The World According to Karl and Fashion Quotes to name a few, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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